BOSTON (CBS) – Matthew Abraham, the man accused of attempting to enter the tiger exhibit at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, has been ordered to stay away from the zoo by a judge.
Abraham pleaded not guilty to trespassing and other charges at Tuesday’s hearing in Dorchester County Court. He was released on personal bail.
State police say Abraham broke into the zoo before it opened Monday morning and ignored multiple restricted zone signs as he extended three different fences to try to enter the designated area. Tiger.
According to the arrest report, he ignored the first worker to approach him, but failed to get past the final barrier separating the tigers from the zoo staff. Security caught him and handed him over to the State Police.
The report also said that at the time, the Boston EMS assessed Abraham, deeming him mentally competent. However, during Tuesday’s trial, the assistant district attorney raised questions about his mental health.
Prosecutor Amanda Cascione said: “There is something to do with the position of the Commonwealth.
Abraham’s defense attorney said he believes his client, who is a student at Worcester State University, is stable.
Abraham told WBZ-TV Second, he didn’t realize he was in a restricted area until security confronted him.
“The gate that should not have opened, I entered,” said Abraham. “I don’t mean to harm anyone, I don’t want to harm the tiger, I don’t want to harm myself either.”